Almost all the tourist brochures and flyers in Penang recommend Little Kitchen@Nonya for good Pernanakan food. This restaurant at Lebuh Noordin looks more like a Peranakan house than a restaurant! When I got down from the taxi, the first thing I noticed was an advertisement billboard for bird’s nest. The owners of the restaurant used to be in the birds’ nest business. After lunch, the owner, Mr. Loh, showed me round the house and his kitchen and told me many interesting things about the Peranakans in Penang. He also shared stories on the origin of the Malacca Peranakans and the Penang Peranakans. According to him, the Chinese immigrants who married the local Malays led a unique lifestyle and left a rich legacy of antiques, architecture and cuisine. He added that Penang Peranakan food is less spicy as it incorporates Thai and Arab flavours. Most Penang Peranakans speak Hokkien compared with the Malacca Peranakans who speak mostly a mixture of Malay and Hokkien.Read more
Penang is a culinary destination and you can see it – I blogged about the street foods of Penang twice and I am sure there will be more to come! There are so many cuisines like Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Peranakan and most of them with a twist to make Penang food so outstanding. I have never come across an empty hawker food centre even at midnight. So, go to Penang for the food first and then anything else.
I visited to sacred places when in Penang – the Kek Lok Si temple, also known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, considered one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia and the Balathandayuthapani Temple, also known as Waterfall Hill Temple or Hill Top Murugan Temple. You need to climb 513 steps to reach the Hindu temple!!Read more
Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic painted 9 murals in Georgetown. The street art of Georgetown represent characters and scenes that celebrate the energy and playfulness of life in the inner city. Boring streets have now been transformed into lively, witty and engaging ones. When in Penang, take time to walk everywhere. Every nook and corner has something to hold your attention…….at least I was captivated!Read more
I think next to Bangkok, Penang is most famous for street foods. Street food is a way of life for most Malaysians and when in Penang don’t ever miss eating all those wonderful foods. Even the thriftiest or the wealthiest travelers will never leave Penang without sampling a few of these street foods. Don’t ever try “street foods” in the comfort of your hotel. And you can have street foods for breakfast , lunch, tea time, dinner, supper –anytime. Penang is open 24 hours for food.Read more
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. The Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs by adopting selected ways of local Malays, Chinese and later colonial British. At the Penang Peranakan Mansion you can get a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle, customs and traditions. There are more than 1000 pieces of antiques and collectibles in this Baba-Nonya museum. Read more